MI Donates Windows for Vet's Home

June 14, 2012

MI Windows & Doors recently donated and helped to install a complete window package of MI EnergyCore windows into a Homes for Our Troops home being built in Parker, Colo. The home was built for Army Corporal Nick Orchowski and his family.

 One of MI's windows going into the Colorado home

In May 2004, Orchowski was on his first deployment in Iraq when he was left a quadriplegic after being thrown from the gunner’s hatch of a vehicle that was hit during an insurgents' attack. He was the main gunner of the lead vehicle in a convoy when they came under attack while on the main supply route leading into Baghdad. Married only four days before his deployment, Orchowski suffered fractures of C4, C5, and C6 vertebrae and was immediately paralyzed from the neck down.

"Thank you for your support and kindness, not only have you honored me as a veteran of combat, but you have also changed my family's lives as well. I will no longer have to adapt to the un-adapted," said Orchowski, expressing his appreciation to those who helped build the specially adapted home from Homes for Our Troops. "I have had to rely on other people to help me with most things in my new home I will be able to be more independent. Homes for Our Troops and their volunteers and donors depict the True American Spirit."

“We are grateful for the thousands of donors supporting our mission, such as MI Windows and Doors, whose generosity and support has helped enable Homes for Our Troops to build this home for Nick Orchowski and his family,” said Kenneth Preston, president of Homes for Our Troops.

"It was satisfying knowing that these MI EnergyCore windows are going to such a good cause," said Mike Schnitker, MI regional sales manager, who assisted with the installation. "They installed easily and I was proud of the job that our team did to produce such a quality product. These windows will provide Nick with many years of energy savings."

The donation reflects MI Windows' long-term commitment to give back to the community and especially to organizations that support men and women in uniform. Over the last 10 years, the window and door manufacturer has donated more than $1.2 million in products and services to charities.